Avanzato 2 - Lettura Strano ma vero!

Avanzato 2 - Lettura Strano ma vero!
Reading - Strange but true
Lettura - Strano ma vero
 
 
 
Useful Vocabulary:
Vocabolario utile:
 
 paindolore gesturegesto
 to be amazed
essere stupido
 curedcurato
trampbarbone stringfilo
 drunksubriachi beggarsmendicanti
Chinese rickshaw  to ignore
ignorare
 to toss and turn
girarsi e rigirarsi
 to curl up into a ball
raggomitolarsi in una palla
 nailschiodi thudtonfo
 dimly lit
poco illuminato
 undergroundmetropolitano
 last but not least
ultimo, ma non per importanza
  
 

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Most people are interested in the unexplained and a lot of people have had a strange unexplained experience in their life or they know someone else who has. Science can't explain everything yet.
 
The first situation happened to a woman who lives in Kent in the South of England in 1995. Her name is Claire. She hadn't worked for about 4 years because she had a lot of pain in her back. She went to various doctors and hospitals but they couldn't help her. She thought she would never work again.
 
One night she went to bed as usual. She woke in the middle of the night and saw a ghostly woman at the bottom of her bed.  She was amazed to see this and more than a little frightened. The ghost made gestures to tell her not to be afraid and to sleep. Claire went back to sleep. In the morning when she woke, she felt no back pain at all. Her back was completely cured! She went for a job interview for 'Eurotunnel' the train company that travels under the sea between Folkestone in England and Calais in France and got the job. She has never had problems with her back since that night.
 
The second experience also happened at night to a young lady called Julie.  It was May 1989. An ordinary night. Above Julie's bed, were 3 shelves filled with books, ornaments and a large picture of a Chinese man pulling a rickshaw. The picture was an unusual, extremely heavy picture made with long nails and coloured string around the nails to make a picture.
 
Julie went to bed one night but couldn't sleep. She kept hearing her own voice in her head telling her the shelves were going to fall down. She ignored it thinking she was mad, after all, the shelves had been there for years! But the voice in her head wouldn't stop. It kept saying again and again that the shelves were going to fall down and that she must move! Julie tossed and turned until about 3 o'clock in the morning. She was very tired by this time and the voice in her head was still saying the shelves were going to fall down, so she moved to the bottom of the bed and curled up into a ball and fell asleep. The next thing she knew was a thud on the bed which woke her. The picture of the Chinese man and rickshaw had fallen down and was face down with the nails sticking into the pillow!!
 
Strangely when Julie woke up she wasn't frightened at all. She felt very calm and went straight back to sleep. She truly believes someone was looking after her that night.
 
Last but not least, the third strange but true experience happened in London in 1980. Trudy used to use the underground to go to work. She had a choice of 2 routes, she always chose the longer route at night because she didn't have to change trains, the short route meant that she had to change and walk through a dimly lit tunnel where there were tramps, drunks and beggars. She didn't even like walking there during the day because they would always shout, ask for money or be offensive but at night it could be very dangerous.
 
One night after work she caught the wrong train by mistake. When she realised what she'd done she panicked but it was too late to catch the direct train now. The last one was leaving in 5 minutes. She had no choice but to change trains and walk through the tunnel.
 
When she got to the tunnel a very tall lady appeared and walked near Trudy while she walked through. Not one beggar, tramp or drunk said anything. Nothing... - it was as though they couldn't 'see' her. Trudy thought it was very strange, impossible even, especially as they were the only two people walking in the tunnel. Even stranger when she came out of the tunnel to walk up the stairs the tall lady completely disappeared. There was only one way out so impossible for her to disappear but even though she looked for her on her way out of the station she never saw the lady again.

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Read the passage once and answer the TRUE or FALSE questions.
Leggi il passaggio una volta e rispondi alle domande VERE o FALSE.
  
 1. Claire's doctor helped her with her back problem.
Answer/Risposta:
False.  The doctors and hospitals couldn't help her.
 2. Julie tossed and turned until 3 o'clock in the morning.
Answer/Risposta:
 True.
 3. Julie was very frightened when she woke up.
Answer/Risposta:
 False.  She wasn't frightened, she was very calm.
 4. Trudy had a choice of 2 different train routes to and from work.
Answer/Risposta:
 True
 5. Trudy wanted to walk through the tunnel that night.
Answer/Risposta:
 False. She caught the wrong train by mistake.
 6. Claire still has back problems now.
Answer/Risposta:
False.  She has never had problems with her back since that night.
 
Read the passage again and answer the following questions:
Leggi il passaggio ancora e rispondi alle seguenti domande:
 
 1. Why wasn't Claire working in 1994?
 
Answer/Risposta:
She wasn't working in 1994 because she had a bad back.  (Or)  She wasn't working then because she had pain in her back.
 2. What did Claire see at the end of her bed?

Answer/Risposta:
She saw a ghost at the end of her bed. (Or) She saw a ghostly woman at the end of her bed. 
 
 3. How did she react?
 Answer/Risposta:
She was amazed and a little frightened.  (Or)  She was amazed and a bit frightened.
 4. What was on the shelves in Julie's bedroom?
Answer/Risposta:
There were books, ornaments and a heavy picture of a Chinese rickshaw made out of nails and string.
 5. Why did she ignore the voice in her head?
Answer/Risposta:
She ignored the voice because she thought the shelves have been up for years so they wouldn't fall down. She thought she was going mad!
 6. What did she do before she finally slept at 3am?
Answer/Risposta:
She tossed and turned and finally curled up into a ball at the bottom of her bed.
 7. What woke her up?
Answer/Risposta:
She was woken up by a thud/noise.  (Or)  She was woken up by the sound of the heavy picture falling down onto the pillow.
 8. Why does she say someone was looking after her that night?
Answer/Risposta:
She says someone was looking after her that night because the picture was heavy and dangerous with the nails.  It would have fallen on her face while she was sleeping.
 9. Why did Trudy take the shorter route (with a change) back home that night?
Answer/Risposta:
Trudy caught the wrong train.  She meant to get the other train because she didn't want to change trains at night.
 10. Why didn't she like changing trains at night?
 Answer/Risposta:
She didn't like walking through the tunnel to get her second train because there were tramps, drunks and beggars in the tunnel and it was dangerous.
 11. What was the usual behaviour of the tramps, drunks and beggars?
Answer/Risposta:
They would shout, ask for money and be offensive but at night it could be dangerous.
 12. Why does Trudy think they didn't make any noise at all when she walked through the tunnel that night?
Answer/Risposta:
She thinks they didn't make any noise because they couldn't see her.  (Or) She thinks they didn't make any noise because it seemed like they couldn't see her.
 13. Why was it strange that the tall lady disappeared?
Answer/Risposta:
It was strange that the tall lady disappeared because there was only one way out.
 
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